Monday, April 9, 2012

Painting at Weir Farm National Historic Site

Wilton Connecticut’s Weir Farm National Historic Site is hosting a special commemorative event on the relationship between J. Alden Weir and the Civil War on Sunday, April 15 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Weir Farm celebrates the life, artwork and artistic legacy of J. Alden Weir. What most people don’t know is that Weir and his family held deep ties to the Civil War. Born in 1852 in West Point New York, by 1861 nine year-old J. Alden Weir witnessed firsthand the escalating tensions at the U.S. Military Academy, and later watched his older brothers march off to war.

Join Park Ranger Allison Jordan for A Brush with War: The Weir Family and the Civil War, a special presentation to commemorate the Civil War sesquicentennial, and learn about the incredible connections the Weir family had to our nation’s bloodiest conflict.

Weir’s family included a Professor at West Point, a winner of the Medal of Honor, a sailor caught in the battle of Mobile Bay, a commander of the United States Colored Troops, and an artillery lieutenant whose actions at Gettysburg haunted him for the rest of his life.

There is no fee to attend A Brush with War, but registration is requited. Plenty of seating will be available. To register, or for additional information call 203-834-1896×12 or visit Weir Farm is located on 735 Nod Hill Rd. in Wilton CT.

About Weir Farm

In June of 1882, painter J. Alden Weir boarded a train from New York bound for his modest farm among the hills of Branchville, CT. Once here, Weir and his family transformed their summer retreat into a creative refuge for friends and fellow artists. After Weir, artists Mahonri Young and Sperry Andrews lived and worked here, continuing the legacy of artistic expression that still inspires today.

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